Thursday, May 16, 2013
A Caledonia detective conducting an investigation on an unrelated case happens to find a sex offender living close to two schools. Police Chief Toby Schey said the find exposes a problem with the state's sex offender registry program.
If a detective with the Caledonia Police Department hadn't inadvertently found Peter T. Baumeister — a registered sex offender — living near two schools in the Kremer subdivision, he probably would still be living there. Caledonia Police Chief Toby Schey said police would have never known about the man if not for the work done by the detective, but this case highlights a communications gap between the state's sex offender registry system and the department. Baumeister, 37, of Caledonia, is a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Texas. He had been living in a residence in the 1500 block of Ellis Avenue, in the Kremer subdivision, since February. He pleaded no contest to the charge in 2004 and served six …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Michael Fink will move back to the City of Racine by March 7.
Convicted sex offender Michael Fink will become a resident of Racine once again, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz ruled Thursday. The court hearing was to determine that an acceptable residence has been found and that the parties agree on a release date. Fink will live in a single-family home at 1605 S. Memorial Drive on or before March 7. Fink has been incarcerated since 1994, when he was convicted of sexually assaulting two, 12-year-old girls who were babysitting his stepchildren. After his prison sentence was up, the state successfully petitioned for him to be committed to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston as a sexually violent offender under the state's 980 civil commitment procedure. Fink was to…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Convicted sex offender Michael Fink is still going to be released under strict supervision, but finding a new location for him should be the DHS's highest priority, according to Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz.
Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz told state Department of Health Services officials Thursday to make finding a new placement for convicted sex offender Michael Fink one of their highest priorities. The status hearing was scheduled after the state Attorney General's office and DHS officials discovered that Fink's proposed residence at 918 Lathrop Avenue was only a block or two away from one of his victims. Fink was to have been released from Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston into a supervised release program by Friday, but that has been put on hold until a new home for him is found. Fink was first convicted of second degree sexual assault in 1987 for attacking a 15-year-old girl. He spent time in prison for…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Racine Police Department is hosting a public information meeting Thursday at Fratt School because a sex offender is moving into the neighborhood.
West Racine and Manree Park residents received calls Tuesday from the Racine Police Department about a public information meeting this week because a convicted sex offender is moving into the neighborhood. Michael Fink, 44, will be moving to 918 Lathrop Avenue later this month. He was convicted in 1994 of two counts of second degree sexual assault of a child. Fink also has a 1987 conviction of second degree sexual assault. According to a release from RPD, Fink spent about 14 years in prison and in 2008 was confined to Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Facility after being indentified as a sexually violent person. On Dec. 14, the court ordered Fink to supervised release with the conditions that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Man faces a felony after he failed to register as a sex offender, say Caledonia Police.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Joe Petrie
Saturday, December 8, 2012
A 32-year-old sex offender is accused of moving into Caledonia with his girlfriend and not reporting his new address to authorities. Robert M. Schuster Jr. was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday with one count of sex offender registry violation. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: Schuster’s last verified address was 7509 Pheasant Trail Road, Racine, but on Sept. 21, Caledonia police officers were called to a home in the 3400 block of Elderberry Road and found Schuster was now living there. Schuster and his girlfriend were interviewed and said they had moved into the new residence near the end of September. Shuster was assigned $1,000 bail while awaiting …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A sex offender working at Quizno's is charged after police say she moved without notifying authorities. Police found that out when her girlfriend was accused of stealing a purse from a customer at restaurant.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
- Joe Petrie
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A 31-year-old Caledonia sex offender is facing charges after her coworker and her girlfriend were recently charged with stealing a purse at a Quizno’s in Oak Creek. Tricia A. Heinzelmann was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of sex offender registry violation. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint, Oak Creek police officers took a theft report after a customer left her purse at the store. When the customer had returned to get it, the purse had gone missing. Heinzelmann and Tabitha R. Sandberg, 31, who also worked at the store and is Heinzelmann’s girlfriend, face separate charges in the theft. The Oak Creek investigation led police to …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Maurice Lee Lyons, who was living at 418 Three-Mile Road, had a felony warrant out for his arrest from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department for failing to register as a sex offender. Lyons now faces a possible felony charge here.
An unregistered and convicted child molester was arrested by the Caledonia Police Department yesterday after they found the man living with his daughter. Maurice Lee Lyons, who was living at 418 3 Mile Road, had a felony warrant out for his arrest from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department for failing to register as a sex offender. Lyons now faces a possible felony charge for failing to register as a sex offender in Caledonia. The Caledonia Police Department has forwarded the case to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, however, no formal charges have been issued. According to a press release from the Caledonia Police Department, detectives received a tip that Lyons was living in the residence with his daughter. Officers …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Caledonia man hires a contractor he found on Craigslist to put in a patio, but the contractor turned out to have a warrant out for his arrest because he's a sex offender whose probation was revoked in Kenosha County.
A Caledonia man unknowingly hired a convicted sex offender from Craigslist to do a construction job, but the job never got started. Robert Brown, 38, of Burlington, is suspected of contractor theft after he allegedly took off with the Caledonia man’s money and didn’t do the work. After the man filed a complaint, a detective with the Caledonia Police Department learned that Brown’s probation status was revoked in Kenosha County and he currently has a warrant out for his arrest. This week, officials with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department told the Caledonia detective that Brown’s wife had kicked him out of their home and his probation was revoked in October. Deputies with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department tried to arrest Brown, …